IndigenousBookCover SmallIndigenous Peoples in Liberal Democratic States is a comparative study of the interactions between indigenous peoples and political regimes of the Province of British Columbia, Canada and the hill areas of composite Assam, India.

Utilizing historical, comparative and analytical methods, the book throws light on the major concerns, achievements and failures of the indigenous peoples’ movements in Canada and India. By shedding light on the impact of colonial and post-colonial regimes on indigenous communities, the book critically evaluates different policies and strategies pursued in these countries to accommodate indigenous peoples fighting for protection of aboriginal rights.

By analyzing Native resistance movements and State responses to these movements, the book explores the potentialities and limits of liberal democracies in addressing issues raised by indigenous movements for self-determination. The central themes are examined in light of contemporary discourses on the rights of indigenous people.

Indigenous Peoples in Liberal Democratic States is an essential book for specialists and non-specialists alike, and it will interest all readers who are concerned about relationships between indigenous peoples and States.

H. Srikanth earned his doctoral degree in Political Science from the University of Hyderabad, India. He is presently teaching at North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India. His areas of research interests include political economy, ethnicity, identity politics and social movements. The present book is the result of a research project undertaken by the author as Canadian Studies Faculty Research Fellow.

"Overall, the book introduces a new way of doing political science in the comparative perspective of indigenous peoples lives across continents. ... The book is a must read for any reader interested in the debate between liberalism and comunitarianism and its application in terms of policy making and judgment of the impact of such policies. The book is a lucid description of complex themes of indigenous studies and an exploration into its contemporary contours." - Sukalpa Bhattacharjee, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong.

Written in a crisp, compact, and lucid style, and taking up the format of an interdisciplinary study, the book is an easy-read for students and established scholars in disciplines ranging from sociology, anthropology, economics, political science to literature, policymakers, and general audience interested in the study of Canada and India alike. The plethora of bibliographic information available in the book further enriches the reading experience. Needless to say, it has enough scope to be adapted across disciplines for an introductory academic course on indigenous communities. - Punyashree Panda; Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, India.

As he explains it, these are peoples who - contrary to past expectations - have not disappeared but have survived the onslaught of the market economy and the invasion of external values and who have increasingly made their presence felt over the last half-century. ...his judgment that First Nations in British Columbia suffered much more under colonial rule than did the hill communities of Northeastern India is both striking and convincing. - Hugh Johnston, Simon Fraser University.

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Book Information

Author: H. Srikanth, Ph.D.

ISBN: #978-098204674-6

Publication Date: 2010

Pages: 262

Price: $24.95

Binding: Trade Paperback